John Ensign To His Mistress: “I Used You For My Own Pleasure”
Family values Senator John Ensign wrote a letter of apology to his mistress saying, “I used you for my own pleasure….Plain and simple it was wrong; it was a sin.” The letter was given to the Las Vegas Sun by Doug Hampton, the woman’s husband. And Ensign paid Cindy Hampton more than $25,000 in severance when she stopped working for him.
Hampton also detailed a February 2008 meeting in which he, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and others encouraged Ensign to end the affair, as well as the working relationship with the Hamptons. Hampton said Coburn and others tried to encourage Ensign to compensate the couple and help them relocate.
“These men were the ones that said, ‘What we need to do is get Doug Hampton’s home paid for, and we need to get Doug Hampton some money. We need to get his family to Colorado,'” Hampton said in the interview.
Invoking the almighty, Ensign said in his letter that he takes “100 percent responsibility for my actions. God never intended for us to do this. I walked away from Him and my relationship with Him has suffered terribly.”
If politicians can’t keep their members zipped up, can they at least stop tossing God and money around?
Earlier reports of the possible severance prompted a Washington watchdog group to file a complaint against Ensign with the Senate Ethics Committee.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics alleges Ensign may have violated ethics and campaign finance rules by failing to report the payment to Cindy Hampton as an in-kind contribution from his leadership political action committee.Click here for reuse options!
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